This project was a schematic proposal for a residence for a writer of fiction and his wife, who is a community outreach coordinator for a rape crisis center. The design approach developed from a discussion with the clients about the nature of fiction’s abstraction of reality into a stylized version of the world in which superfluous information that does not contribute to the narrative is eliminated. Since architecture also performs a similar abstraction of reality in order to produce a controlled and coherent experience of the world, it was proposed that this house would do the opposite—complicating the typically unilateral narrative of domesticity by simultaneously featuring elements that would undermine such a singular reading.
The design of this house therefore allows the dominance of the domestic veneer to be challenged by its incongruous functional support elements. The resulting design therefore maintains a relatively normal domestic interior while exposing all of its requisite structure, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing to the exterior.